The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that people wear sunscreen every day if they plan to be outside. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin (the shade does not make you completely safe!).
A lot of people wear sunscreen in the summer months, but neglect sun care the rest of the year, which is dangerous. Did you know that, similar to sand and water, snow reflects the sun’s rays? This increases the need for sunscreen, even when it’s freezing outside.
Your dog can also get sunburned, especially if he or she has short and/or white fur. B is used to having sunscreen applied and we use a safe brand with natural ingredients so that even if he licks some off (hey, it happens), I’m not worried. Any brand that is safe for babies and children is also safe for your dog if you don’t want to invest in “dog sunscreen.”
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. The best way to lower your risk of skin cancer is to avoid long exposure to intense sunlight. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the outdoors – you just need to practice safe sun!
Health Tip #3: Wear Sunscreen, Even in The Winter Months
Unfortunately, choosing a sunscreen to protect your skin is not as simple as selecting whatever brand is on sale at Walmart. Some sunscreens contain harmful toxins and your skin absorbs 60% of whatever you apply to it. Some people follow the advice that if you wouldn’t be willing to eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin.
The Environmental Working Group releases a sunscreen guide on an annual basis, which is a great resource for finding safe sunscreen options (as well as brands that you should definitely avoid – I think you will be surprised by the results!). The sunscreen of choice in our household? Badger brand. Please be very selective when choosing what to apply to your skin!
Confession: I am as pale as
a ghost snow white. I should mention that if you are used to sunscreens like Banana Boat and Coppertone, healthier options will take some getting use to. They are much thicker and have a very different consistency, so less is more.
Do you practice safe sun? What is your sunscreen brand of choice?
Disclosure: if you buy any of these products from me, or do any of your amazon.com shopping through my store, my sweet boxer, B, will get some treat money. He thanks you in advance for supporting his cookie addiction and I thank you for supporting my blog.